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Music, Strange Sounds in the Dark: S.F. Tape Music Festival's "Cinema for the Ear"

Strange Sounds in the Dark: S.F. Tape Music Festival's "Cinema for the Ear"

The San Francisco Tape Music Festival was born 10 years ago when composers Matt Ingalls and Kent Jolly began considering the future of serious electronic music. Two caveats: Tape Music isn't on tape and some people don't even consider it…
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Calendar, Night&Day Cassette Blackout

Cassette Blackout

Think of the San Francisco Tape Music Festival as a cinema for the ears. It's a "see nothing festival," where the audience sits quietly in a very, very dark theater to absorb the sounds. Organizers set up a high-end…
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Music, All Shook Down Beats in Space DJ Tim Sweeney Picks Five Favorite New Tracks

Beats in Space DJ Tim Sweeney Picks Five Favorite New Tracks

Don't discount the power of radio, or at least, don't in Tim Sweeney's case. The New Yorker started Beats in Space, his now famous WNYU radio show, in the late '90s, and has since developed a fanatical global following…
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Music, All Shook Down <i>Radio Rewrite</i>: How Radiohead Caught Steve Reich's Ear and Vice Versa

Radio Rewrite: How Radiohead Caught Steve Reich's Ear and Vice Versa

Maybe you've heard about Radio Rewrite? It's the next orchestral piece by Steve Reich and is due to premiere in London next March. With Radio Rewrite, Reich hopes to remake two Radiohead songs. Which begs the perfectly fair question: what…
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Music, All Shook Down Steve Reich and Kronos Quartet on Their "Shocking, Terrifying" New Piece, <i>WTC 9/11</i>

Steve Reich and Kronos Quartet on Their "Shocking, Terrifying" New Piece, WTC 9/11

Steve Reich's memorial composition WTC 9/11 -- out tomorrow, Sept. 20, on Nonesuch -- starts with the ferocious beeping of a phone left off the hook, doubled by David Harrington, violinist of the Kronos Quartet. Layers of strings pile…
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Music, All Shook Down Steve Reich Pulls Controversial <i>WTC 9/11</i> Cover Art; Kronos Quartet Supported Twin Towers Image

Steve Reich Pulls Controversial WTC 9/11 Cover Art; Kronos Quartet Supported Twin Towers Image

Composer Steve Reich has retracted the artwork for his new album WTC 9/11, which is scheduled for release this September. The original cover art featured Masatomo Kuriya's infamous photograph of the second plane flying into the World Trade Center on…
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Music, Hear This The Octopus Project: Show Preview

The Octopus Project: Show Preview

The near-decade since the Octopus Project's debut, Identification Parade, has seen the Austin quartet refine and expand its sound — a kind of musical rapture the members like to refer to as "ambidextrous equipment failure junktronica" — from electronic micro-wankery to…
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Music, Hear This Chemical 'Lab

Chemical 'Lab

Stereolab's music begs to be decoded. The production is so layered and crisp that the instruments never nettle one another, while the band's pop aesthetic genuflects before a vast array of styles, formulas, and genres. Pick apart one of Stereolab's…
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Music, Home studio inspection with Dominique Leone

Home studio inspection with Dominique Leone

Dominique Leone is a recovering music critic. His writing has appeared everywhere from Pitchfork to Paste. It's easy to take this fact and run with it, as his piecemeal grabs from rock history could easily come from academically ingesting truckloads…
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Calendar, Night&Day Mapping Dance

Mapping Dance

Aspiring artists out there trying their damndest to master just one art form may find it daunting to learn that Shen Wei Dance Arts director Shen Wei creates nearly every element of his company's productions -- movement, costumes, set design,…
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Music, Reviewed OOIOO

OOIOO

Anyone familiar with Yoshimi P-we's schizophonic work in Japanese avant-rock pioneers UFO Or Die and Boredoms was probably surprised at the circular, sometimes pastoral prog-psych minimalism of OOIOO. A decade after P-we's other group started, it continues to confound expectations…
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Music, Four Tet

Four Tet

Four Tet is the solo project of Kieran Hebden, a member of London's eclectic trio Fridge. While Fridge has never achieved significant recognition in the U.S., the Four Tet project remains even more obscure here, despite 1999's critically acclaimed album…
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Music, Pointed Counterpoints

Pointed Counterpoints

Timing is everything: In the early 1960s, 10 years before the renowned new music ensemble Kronos Quartet formed, minimalist composer Steve Reich was studying music at Mills College in Oakland. In the late 1970s, when Kronos was ensemble-in-residence at Mills,…
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Bang on a Can All-Stars Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Wednesday, Oct. 21 When Brian Eno spoke at the Imagination Conference here in 1996, he credited two San Francisco-related incidents as influencing his music in general, and Music for…
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